Agriculture MArch 2-7

Posted by Jesse Sugrue on March 08, 2010
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Little talk this week has been spent on pressuring Congress to limit the president’s authority to create new national monuments.  Agriculture has changed pace to some smaller scale issues this week.  On March 3, 2010 local residents won against a farm proposal to bring in 4,800 live pigs for production in Missouri.  Neighbors of the farm and community members were worried a farm of such a scale would decrease the value of their home and life due to odors and pollutants which are common by-products of farms. Similarly on March 5th local farmers of Gentry County, Mo sued Premium Standard Farms for not having improved their odor pollution standards in the last ten years.  In 1999 52 residents won a 52 million dollar case having sued for the odor of the 200,000 live pig farm.  In 2010 eleven of the previous plaintiffs sued the same farm for not having made any improvement, residents claim they are unable to enjoy their homes outdoors and often can not allow their children to play outdoors due to the air pollution the large scale farm causes.    Premium Standard Farms were charged with an addition 11 million dollars to pay to the plaintiffs and are applying for an appeal.  The large farm feels the hostility and is skeptical of bringing in any addition business to Montana; they believe they add to the betterment of the community with their business and taxes.

            There has been more debate over the proposed 1 billion dollar cut to the farm bill however no changes have been made as of yet.  The Agricultural Conservation which was recently implemented to idle farm land for wildlife, preserve farmland and improve environments of working lands would loose the money from this cut.  Defendants of the cut state that the overall spending from 2010 to 2011 will increase, however it will cute $500,000 from the proposed budget.  Defendants for keeping the budget as is pointed out the money is already in deficit, 54,000 applicants for improvement have not had any response, and only 1/3 of the conservation stewardship has been able to be paid out.

            Some side notes of what to look ahead to are a law suit on Monsanto Seed control which at the time has its genetically engineered seeds constituting 93% of soybeans in America and 82% of corn.  Also some progress has been made on research with farmer’s abilities to decrease their methane output.  A study performed by the University of California states that methane digesters and biomass gasification could decrease methane emissions in California by 16%. 




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